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Adriana Nardi is only ten years old when Allied forces occupy her lush island home during World War II, plaguing the quiet Italian village with violence and uncertainty.
Amdu is a Senegalese soldier who abandons his comrades and befriends Adriana after witnessing an unspeakable act that has far-reaching repercussions.

Years later, on a commuter train bound for Penn Station, sixty-year-old Adriana revisits her memories of the war and her doomed relationship with Amdu, even as a present crisis threatens her life.

Reviews

An affecting, unsentimental portrait of a survivor taking stock of her life and loves
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Deeply moving, Joanna Scott brilliantly captures war as seen through the innocence of a child
Bookpage
In Liberation, Scott pulls off kaleidoscopic shifts of observation with a depth of vision possessed by great writers...Scott is in full control of folly and tragedy in a world she has painstakingly researched and brilliantly imagined
Los Angeles TIMES BOOK REVIEW